Saturday, May 7, 2011

Diaper Cake for MacKenzie

I made my first diaper cake a few weeks ago, and thought I'd share how EASY it was to do.  The picture you see above is in the beginning stages of decorating.  Unfortunately I forgot to take a good pic of the finished cake.  I do have a few more pics to share, but they were taken on a cell phone, and the lighting was really bad.

Making the tiers for the cake was super simple.  You'll need diapers, small ponytail holders (I found clear and black near the hairbows and barrettes at my local Target), a large rubber band for each tier you plan to make, ribbon and your items to use to decorate.  I also used a baby bottle in the middle of the first tier to give me something to build around.  I filled it with M & Ms for mom. 

Start by rolling up each diaper from the fold out.  Wrap it with a small band to secure it.  When they're all rolled, secure them together in a circles around the bottle (or building out around a single diaper in the center)with the large rubber band.  My top tier had a total of 7 diapers...1 in the center and a "ring" of 6.  The middle would be 1 in the center with 2 "rings" around that.  In my case, it was built around the top of the bottle.  The bottom layer has a center and 3 "rings".  All that's left to do is deocrate. 

I wrapped each layer with 2 different ribbons, securing them with terrifically tacky tape where they met in back.  I used leftover ribbon and a glue gun to make the bows tha were added to each tier.  Each bow was attached to either a barrette or alligator clip (so that they can later be used in MacKenzie's hair or on a headband or hat), and attached to the cake using glue dots. 

Here you can see the other monkeys (cut from Create a Critter, using my Cricut) and the letter cards that were added to spell out her name.  The shape comes from the images on the Cricut Imagine.  All of the parts were printed and cut using white paper and the Imagine.  Around the back of the cake I added some soaps, lotions, socks and onsies that were decorated with images from the CI Nursery Tails cartridge (and, here's a surprise, I forgot to take pics!).

Friday, May 6, 2011

Welcome and thank you for joining us for Jenny's Big 3-OH Birthday Blog Hop!   You should have arrived here from Monica's blog.  If you just happened to stumble upon this hop, please be sure to go back to Jenny's blog, so you don't miss any of the wonderful projects we have to share.

Jenny asked us to use 3 colors and some bling.  I decided to make a birthday card (since it's Jenny's birthday), but went with something my daughter could give to a friend that would soon be driving.  The cuts were made with my Cricut (big surprise, huh?), and the papers were some that I had in my stash.  It's difficult to tell, but the car is cut from glitter paper, and the wheels have some extra bling for good measure. 

Thank you so much for joining us for Jenny's Big 3-OH Birthday Blog Hop!  Your next stop is Nikki's Blog!  Here is the line up in case you get lost:
Michelle (YOU ARE HERE)